I’m two weeks into my MBA program and business school has already taught me a few things about bicycles.
The first is, the video below can be used for bicycle advocacy and as an illustration about how our interests and directions influence what we see.
Second, I’ve learned commuting in business attire poses a set of challenges.
In the past, my work attire of choice was a pair of jeans and a polo shirt with a basic shoe. This year, I am making an effort to dress more nicely and have been wearing slacks, dress shirts and shoes and — occasionally — a sport coat.
The first problem is the shoes. Nice shoes and toe clips don’t go together. The clips scuff the shoes and some of my dress shoes don’t allow the balls of my feet to settle on the pedal. I’m thinking about switching to a BMX pedal with some good grip.
The second issue isn’t too bad now, but will become worse as the temperature rises. In the morning — if I go slow — I can get to work without sweating in my sport coat and shirt. The afternoon is a little more difficult, but since I’m going home it’s less of an issue.
Soon though, the temperature will rise, even in the mornings, and getting to work without sweating will not be an option. In the past, I would ride to work in shorts and change into my jeans and shirt.
Dress clothes are more of a challenge because they are easily wrinkled in the panniers. You can’t just roll up a suit jacket like you do a pair of jeans.
I’ve been kicking around some options, including taking a week’s worth of clothing to work on the Xtracycle or bakfiets on Mondays.
I do like the idea of people driving by and seeing me in a sport coat, slacks and dress shoes. It might be my imagination, but it feels like drivers treat me better.
What about you? How do you get to work in dress clothes?